The Milwaukee Bucks live to fight another day. After opening their Bucks vs Heat semifinal series with three straight losses, the Bucks finally managed to post a win Sunday.
It was a grueling game and Milwaukee suffered a major loss in the first half. MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo badly sprained his right ankle in the second quarter, delivering a major blow to an already struggling team.
In the end, his teammates carried the torch and won in the dying seconds of OT, keeping their playoff dreams alive.
In this article, we’ll start by breaking down how each team performed in Round 1. From there we’ll discuss some basic stats from their current series before offering a free pick for this game. You can place your bets on our sportsbook via our NBA betting lines page after you’ve analyzed some valuable information in this article.
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Bucks’ Round 1 Breakdown
The Milwaukee Bucks started off their postseason out of rhythm, losing Game 1 to the Orlando Magic, 122-110. It was a shocking start for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the team with the best regular-season record in the NBA.
From there, they began to systematically break down the opposition, beating the Magic four games in a row and easily securing their spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
In Game 2, Milwaukee defeated Orlando, 111-96. Game 3 was much of the same and it won, 121-107.
Game 4 the Bucks won, 121-106, and then finally they closed out the series in Game 5, 118-104. They won each of these games by an average of 14.5 points.
Milwaukee’s top scorers in the postseason are, no surprise here, Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
Antetokounmpo has been averaging 26.7 PPG, 13.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. His official injury status is day-to-day, but it doesn’t look good moving forward after watching him limp in a walking boot.
Middleton is averaging 20.0 PPG, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.0 assists. He’s also leading his team in minutes, averaging 34.8 per game. With Giannis questionable, he’ll have to step it up if he wants to give the Bucks a fighting chance in their current series against the Heat.
Down 3-1 heading into Game 5, Milwaukee’s odds to win the NBA Championship this year have dropped considerably. They are currently being listed as the second-least likely team to win it all, with the Denver Nuggets being ranked as the team with the lowest odds.
Heat Round 1 Breakdown
The Miami Heat have been on a rampage since the start of the postseason. They are 7-1 in the playoffs. They faced the Indiana Pacers in Round 1 and swept them in four games.
What’s interesting is they actually lost their last regular-season game to the Pacers in the seeding round, but it seemed like that only fueled their fire.
The scores for the four games: 113-101, 109-100, 124-115, and 99-87 to end the series.
Miami is an extremely well-rounded team and has several major contributing players.
First and foremost is Jimmy Butler who is averaging 22.4 PPG, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. Butler also leads his team in steals, averaging 2.2 per game.
In the PG position is Goran Dragic who is averaging 21.6 PPG, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. Bam Adebayo has been playing great in a supporting role averaging 16.6 PPG, 12.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists.
Tyler Herro and Jae Crowder are posting decent numbers. What’s interesting is there isn’t any one player posting crazy stats. The points are spread around and this team of professionals is all ready to score when it’s their turn.
Bucks Barely Survive
If you watched Bucks vs Heat Game 4 Sunday, there’s no denying the immense talent Middleton. Middleton almost single-handedly saved his team from the embarrassment of being swept as a No. 1 seed.
With Antetokounmpo out, Middleton stepped things up and led his team to their first victory. He scored 36 points, including an amazing 3-pointer with seconds left in OT to win the game.
Game 4 was a nail biter. At first, it looked like Miami was going to sweep with ease. The first quarter the Heat led, 31-22. Then Giannis took a nasty fall, twisting his ankle and leaving Bucks’ fans at home with tears in their eyes.
Perhaps losing their star player was the motivation they needed. They ended up leading at halftime, 50-48. The rest of the game was a back-and-forth affair without any team taking a dominant lead.
Regulation play ended tied at 107 and in the end, Milwaukee took the win.
Despite the heroics, this series is the Heat’s to lose. Other than Game 2, which could have gone either way, they have looked dominant and could easily have won Game 4. This team deserves a lot of credit for playing this well against a No. 1 seed.
BetUS Free Pick Bucks vs Heat: Miami Heat Point Spread
BetUS Odds Game 5
Miami Heat: -3, -155 moneyline
Milwaukee Bucks: +3, +135 moneyline
This looks like a great opportunity to place a bet on the Miami Heat on the point spread. Sitting at -3, they’ve already proven that they can beat the Milwaukee Bucks by a wide margin.
Even if Antetokounmpo makes a miraculous return, there’s no way he will be 100%. The way he looked coming off the court Sunday, it would be impressive if he wil be walking normally this week.
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